Serie A side Inter Milan have struck a deal with Premier League giants Arsenal which will see Lukas Podolski move on a six-month loan deal until the end of the season according to the Daily Mail.
Reports emerged last night that the two clubs had agreed to a deal worth £1.6million, and it's believed that the German will move as soon as the January transfer window opens.
Despite the window opening on Thursday, Podolski will have to wait until after then due to Arsenal's Premier League game with Southampton, but after that match, it's apparent that the World Cup winner will travel to Italy to finalise the deal.
According to reports, Inter officials were in London on Saturday evening and were holding talks with the North London club ahead of a proposed deal. After discussions, it was agreed that Inter would pay an initial £1.6m loan-fee and will keep the 30-year-old until the end of the season.
Podolski has been keen to quit Arsenal all season with his role at the club diminishing to a fringe player since the arrivals of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez. The German international has had to settled for a role on the sub bench for the majority of the season, despite striking twice against Galatasaray when he was given a start.
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In a recent interview, Podolski admitted that he isn't a kid anymore and has to be playing regularly at this stage of his career, and he is now set to complete a temporary move away from the Emirates Stadium.
Podolski has wanted to hold talks with Arsene Wenger regarding his future for several weeks now, and it's believed that the two will talk before agreeing to the loan deal with Inter Milan, but after their victory against West Ham, the manager said no-one is leaving the club.
'At the moment, nobody goes out,' said the Arsenal boss. 'We have Mesut Ozil back at the beginning of January, so we have a lot of competition up front.'
However, it's believed that a loan-deal will finally be agreed in the New Year and it will see Podolski join Roberto Mancini's side on a six-month deal with the view of making it permanent in the Summer.
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